Barcelona celebrates 40 years of the Comic Fair in the midst of a controversy

Attendance returns to the 40th edition of the Barcelona Comic Hall. The appointment that begins in less than three days at the Montjuïc fairgrounds will focus on Spanish authors and hopes to recover the number of visitors from the last face-to-face edition of 2019, according to what he said the director of ficomicMeritxell Puig, who also highlighted the “effort to keep the comic alive” despite the fact that the last two editions were held online.

This new anniversary edition will focus on national authors and a large number of international guests. However, prior to this celebration, Ficomic changed the foundations of its Big prize after the rejection of a hundred authors due to the awarding of the award to Anthony Martin in the last edition of the fair, for not being a cartoonist or screenwriter, but an editor and disseminator.

In a press conference this Tuesday, the Ficomin content advisor, Borja Crespo, has pointed out that, although there are authors who have declined to attend this new edition as a sign of disagreement, there are other guests who also signed the letter and will attend. “Each one does what he wants,” he told Europa Press.

Paco Roca, Paco Alcázar, Albert Monteys, Flavita Banana, Juanjo Sáez, Esther Salguero or Santiago Sequeiros, including the honoree Miguel Gallardowho died in February, were some of the signatories.

Barcelona Comic Poster designed by Carla Berrocal

“Ficomic seems to be the center of the hurricane, which denotes its importance at the state level. We must keep it as a nerve center where many things happen around the comic, “concluded Borja Crespo.

Activities and guests at the Barcelona Comic Fair

In the 40th edition there will be an exhibition on the evolution of the world of comics since the first edition of the fair, proposing a historical view of the changes that both comics and graphic novels have experienced. The exhibition will be complemented by several round tables and nearly 50,000 square meters spread over various pavilions at Fira Montjuïc, which will be located near 180 exhibitors between publishers and bookstoresmore than in any of the previous editions, not counting the positions of merchandise.

Samples will also be dedicated to the late cartoonist Miguel Gallardocreator of Makoki and the magazine The Viper; and the Catalan illustrator Aroha Throughwho has collaborated with Thursday and won the prize for the revelation author in the last edition of the Barcelona Comic Fair.

Some copies of El Víbora | Image via La Cúpula Editorial

The Comic Vision section will be released, created by Borja Crespo, which should have been given in the 2020 edition, and will reflect on the links between the world of comics, movies and series, for which it will feature screenings with titles such as The haunted house on the cape Y Tokyo revengers.

Special guests

The Comic Barcelona has highlighted that it has a hundred guests, more than in any other edition. This year’s international guests include the American Peter Bagge, author of the series Hatethe British John Allison, the Italian Manuele Fior, the French Jacques Tardi, the American Sara Varon, the German-American Nora Krug, author of the graphic novel heimat; or the Argentines Darío Adanti and Agustina Guerrero.

This edition will feature authors such as Álvaro Ortiz, the award-winning Ana Penyas, Borja González, Cristina Durán, David Muñoz, Diego Salgado, the journalist Elisa McCausland, Elisabeth Karin, Emma Ríos, Fermín Solís, Irene Márquez, José Luis Ágreda, Laia Ferraté, Laura Pérez, Magius, Manuel Álvarez, Mayte Alvarado, Miguel Ángel Giner, Miguel Ángel Martín, Paco Alcázar, Paco Roca, Pedro Mañas, Santiago Sequeiros, Sara Soler, Stelladia and Teresa Valero.

The lineup is completed by the film directors Pablo Berger and Alberto Vázquez, the cosplayers Kaity and CrismmaWorkshop, the political activist Dominique Grange and the screenwriter David Galán Galindo.

During the show, the prizes awarded annually will be announced and the show’s poster has been designed by the Madrid illustrator Carla Berrocal, author of Doña Concha: the rose and the thorn.

Tickets are priced at 10 euros in advance and 12 on the days of the show. Although Ficomic claims to be going at a good pace, it is not planned to put up the “all sold” sign, as is the case with the Manga Barcelona. However, they do not rule out exceeding the pre-pandemic visitor figures.